where is windows 8 retail in MSDN?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by dew1, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. dew1

    dew1 MDL Junior Member

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    Hi everybody

    I'm confusing about windows 8 I have read more but I didn't understand !!

    1- why there is not windows 8 pro in MSDN? (without VL)

    2- how can I get windows 8 pro retail ?

    3- what is the difference between windows 8 VL and retail ?

    4- is there windows 8 pro retail to buy ? (because I have read there is no and you have to buy laptop or do upgrade to get windows 8 pro)


    and thank you ..
     
  2. kelorgo

    kelorgo MDL Addicted

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    #2 kelorgo, Nov 1, 2012
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    Retail version is simply listed as "Windows 8" in MSDN. Those media contain both Core and Pro, and will install depending on the product key you enter during installation. Here are the details:


    Windows 8 (x86) - DVD (English)
    File Name: en_windows_8_x86_dvd_915417.iso
    Languages: English
    SHA1: 22D680EC53336BEE8A5B276A972CEBA104787F62


    Windows 8 (x64) - DVD (English)
    File Name: en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.iso
    Languages: English
    SHA1: 1CE53AD5F60419CF04A715CF3233F247E48BEEC4

    There are two differences between the VL and Retail media:
    * The VL media don't ask for product key during installation. They automatically install with the (well known, public) GVLK used for KMS activation.
    * When installing from VL media, you will be missing the "Add Feature" option that would allow you to upgrade to WMC edition.

    Note that the Retail media do accept VL product keys (including the GVLK) during installation, without the drawbacks mentiond above. There is no benefit whatsoever to using the VL media.

    At the moment, you can buy the following products:
    * Windows 8 Pro Upgrade (from previous OS: XP/Vista/7)
    * Windows 8 Pro OEM/System Builder (for installation on a new PC)

    Microsoft stated that they are not going to be doing a full Retail edition, as there is no point. If you are an ordinary consumer, the PC you buy most likely comes with some version of Windows. If it's Windows 8, you are good, if it's not, you would use the Upgrade product. If you are an enthusiast or manufacturer, you'd use the OEM/System Builder version.

    Note that with Windows 8, Microsoft have changed their stance on the System Builder product. You are now allowed to install the System Builder product on a new PC you build for yourself (this is subject to accepting a Personal Use Licence), even if you don't sell that PC. This is different from how it was in Windows 7.
     
  3. luky

    luky MDL Addicted

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    Please link download direct Windows 8 x86 and x64 MSDNAA. Thanks. :confused:
     
  4. dew1

    dew1 MDL Junior Member

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    thank you very much, but I have still some questions

    1- what is the difference between windows 8 OEM and retail?

    also, I didn't understand the below. could you please explain it?

     
  5. dew1

    dew1 MDL Junior Member

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    what does mean (GVLK, KMS)
     
  6. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    why not read the threads where this is discussed? There are some on MDL
     
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  7. dew1

    dew1 MDL Junior Member

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    Sorry, My English is not good :(
     
  8. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    unfortunately English is the rule on MDL and I cannot repeat everything I wrote in countless threads, just to get the answer: I cannot read:eek:
     
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